Huh. Weird. But okay, I’m not gonna argue.

They say it’s in three parts, but all are currently available. So go. Watch while you’re at work.

I’ve been meaning to post this, and then hullabaloo goes and quotes it, so that was my cue.

This is the greatest advertising opportunity since the invention of cereal.

So I checked. On when cereal was invented. For real, it’s kind of cool:

Will Keith Kellogg was the founder of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1906. In 1894, Kellogg was trying to improve the diet of hospital patients. He was searching for a digestible bread substitute using the process of boiling wheat. Kellogg accidentally left a pot of boiled wheat to stand and the wheat became tempered (soften). When Kellogg rolled the tempered or softened wheat and let it dry, each grain of wheat emerged as a large thin flake. The flakes turned out to be a tasty cereal. Kellogg had invented corn flakes.

Will Keith Kellogg founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company in 1906.

Rice Krispies were introduced by Kellogg in 1929.

(‘It’s toasted‘, btw, was the Lucky Strike tagline since 1917. )

(And the song is really really fun to sing. I’ve taught it to many singers. I like being Pop.)

One thing that knocks me out on this show is the class distinctions.

Top of the list and most obvious (set up in the very first scene of the series) is white/black. The only blacks ever seen in the series, to date, have been in service roles; the busboy, elevator operator, household help, etc.

And the Jews… that’s almost a whole different hierarchy.

The women. It’s right there within that first conversation in Smoke, between Don and the busboy… Ladies love their magazines. And they both laugh; white and black, at the silly ladies and their silly magazines.

But what fascinates me is the secretaries. (more…)

Roberta did this research; we were wondering about Peggy’s access to the Pill (Enovid) in Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. We know that the episode takes place in March or April of 1960, but the FDA didn’t approve Enovid for contraceptive use until June 23, 1960. Could it be a goof? We didn’t think it was a goof, because it’s major, and they’re sooo careful. But there it was, approval on June 23, 1960.

Then Roberta found this:

On May 9, 1960, the FDA announced it would approve Enovid 10 mg for contraceptive use, which it did on June 23, 1960, by which time Enovid 10 mg had been in general use for three years during which time, by conservative estimate, at least half a million women had used it.

(more…)

We just received an email from a self-proclaimed long-time BoK lurker. (We love that more of you are de-lurking!)

She is an Emmy voter, and just received… ahh, screw it, I’ll just pull it from the email.

As a long-time “lurker” on your blog, I wanted to give you the heads up (if you’re interested) that as an Emmy voter I just received AMC’s Emmy “For Your Consideration” DVD package today containing six episodes each of “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men.” I was so excited that they sent half the season that of course it’s in my DVD player right now. The episodes AMC is sending out for consideration are as follows:

“Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”
“5G”
“The Hobo Code”
“Long Weekend”
“Nixon vs. Kennedy”
“The Wheel”

I wouldn’t want the job of narrowing the selection down! Can’t wait to vote for my favorite newcomer!

That is a lot of great stuff to pull from. A-freaking-mazing!

She gave me permission to print this, but I posted so fast I didn’t ask if I could print her name, so I didn’t. So R, feel free to out yourself if you like. And thanks for the scoop!

Kisses,

R & D

I’ve been meaning to post this forever. I think it was a few months ago, I’m flipping through channels, and I hear a snippet of dialogue. And in like, three words, I know exactly who it is. Before I look at the screen.

His name is Henry Afro-Bradley, and he is the busboy in the opening scene of the pilot, the one with whom Don engages in a conversation about smoking.

IMDb does that thing now where they tell you the next time the actor is appearing on TV. So turns out the episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent will be on this week, so if you care to, set your DVR/VCR/ABCs recording device thingies.

The CI episode is titled Mad Hops. The guy has like, a theme.

Here’s an interesting bit in the LA Times. After first explaining that an episode is submitted to the Emmy judges for viewing, columnist Tom O’Neil explains that AMC is considering submitting The Wheel instead of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (a strong episode, and pilots are the typical submission for a new series).

He gives you an opportunity to vote on which of the two is the best choice for the show, and which is best for Jon Hamm’s Best Actor in a Drama bid. So far, Smoke… has a big lead for the series, but Wheel wins handily for Hamm.

Go vote.